The recently released Annual Drinking Water Quality Report for 2022 by the Town of St. Michaels has shed light on the water quality concerns and ongoing efforts to ensure a safe and dependable supply of drinking water. The comprehensive report provides residents with valuable information regarding the town’s water sources, treatment processes, and the presence of contaminants.
One notable issue addressed in the report is the presence of arsenic in the drinking water. The report reveals that the average arsenic levels exceeded the Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL) during multiple periods in 2022. Although the report reassures residents that the presence of contaminants does not necessarily pose an immediate health risk, it emphasizes the importance of understanding the potential long-term effects of elevated arsenic levels.
In addition to arsenic, the report highlights the presence of disinfection byproducts, specifically haloacetic acids and total trihalomethanes (TTHM), which are formed during the water treatment process. While the levels detected were within acceptable limits, the report encourages residents to be aware of these byproducts and their potential health implications.
Lead contamination is another concern addressed in the report. The town acknowledges its responsibility to provide high-quality drinking water and remove lead pipes, but also emphasizes the need for residents to take measures to reduce lead exposure within their own plumbing systems. Flushing pipes and using certified filters are recommended steps to mitigate potential risks associated with lead.
The report also delves into emerging concerns surrounding per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). These human-made chemicals, which have been widely used in various products, have raised environmental and health concerns. Although the report states that concentrations of PFAS compounds in the St. Michaels water system were non-detectable, it highlights ongoing monitoring efforts and future regulations to address this emerging issue.
Despite these concerns, the report underscores the town’s commitment to water quality and continuous improvement. The rehabilitation of wells and regular monitoring for contaminants are cited as essential measures to ensure the safety of the drinking water supply. The report also encourages residents to actively participate in public meetings to stay informed and engage in discussions regarding water quality and related initiatives.